Legends & Lanterns

Join us as St. Charles turns into a ghost town...literally! Legends & Lanterns: A "Spirited" Journey Through Halloween History is a non-scary, family-friendly All Hallow's Eve celebration that fuses history, activities, and a great deal of fun that will leave you with SPOOK-tacular memories to last a


Saturday, October 21: 11AM-6PM
Sunday, October 22: 12NOON-5PM
Friday, October 27: 5PM-8PM
Saturday, October 28: 11AM-8PM
Sunday, October 29: 12NOON-5PM

Highlights include:

CHARACTERS: Rub elbows with some of the most famous (or should we say infamous) villains, witches, and spirits from history and folklore. Lizzie Borden, Ichabod Crane, Edgar Allan Poe, Medusa, and the Big Bad Wolf are just a small sampling of the 20 Legends of Halloween who look forward to meeting "little monsters" of all ages!

MUSIC: What's a good monster story without the proverbial hoard of angry townsfolk? Armed with pitchforks, wooden stakes, and cloves of garlic, THE ANGRY VILLAGERS are an acapella quintet, who will entertain you with some of your favorite Halloween tunes (from "Thriller" to "The Monster Mash")...in between their quest to rid Main Street of ghosts, of course.

HAYRIDES: Enjoy a complimentary horse-drawn hayride, as a Halloween History Guide narrates the interesting origins of some of your favorite Halloween traditions, while pointing out areas of mischeif, villainy, and the paranormal that have shaped the legacy of the historic district.

VICTORIAN MOURNING DISPLAY: Explore as the historic Katy Train Depot comes "to life" with an interactive display featuring over 70 authentic artifacts detailing Victorian Mourning Traditions. Learn about mourning etiquette, fashion, 19th century tombstone iconography, and much more.

SCARECROW GLEN: Take in Autumn creativity at its finest as merchants and organizations from around St. Charles submit their own unique straw figures when Kister Park is transformed into Scarecrow Glen. From traditional to whimsical to avant garde, vote for your favorite in our "straw poll."

PLAZA DEL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Learn about the vibrant customs of the Mexican Day of the Dead from La Catrina (the spirit of Dia de los Muertos). While there, create your own festive sugar skull mask at our craft station, or get your own Day of the Dead make-over from one or our professional face painters.


*Please note, while there are many activities and offerings to enjoy, Legends & Lanterns is not a trick-or-treating event. Those seeking candy should return Tuesday, October 31st for Main Street's annual Trick or Treating extravaganza.

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21 October , Saturday 11:00

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